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FURTHER to the outline comments in the Observer (October 5) re: campaign to tackle unsafe pavements.

There is a long history of neglect by the council in Ashford Road, Ashford Way and Tenterden Rise. It is an unsafe area for the elderly, young, children and motorists.

The estate was constructed in the early 1960s and the roads have not been updated to date, although they are worn badly, resembling the Hastings beach, disfigured with badly splashed, uneven and ugly criss-cross paterns of bitumen,which create a noise effect by passing vehicles to local residents indoors.

They are dangerous to walk across in inclement weather and afterwards. The road markings have almost worn away, with no possibility of being replaced in their sub-standard state.

The pavements are a nightmare in various parts. I stopped counting the cracked and broken pavement slabs after 60. They are dangerous for pedestrians and a mismatch of slabs and cheap distorted tarmac.

Residents who need to use a pushchair or mobility are struggling without having dropped kerbs to assist them and should have immediate priority.

The roads and pavements are normally infested with weeds throughout the summer period and the grass twitten areas are left for long intervals between cuts making them look like untended meadows.

Grass cuttings are left in large clumps to blow into residents gardens, causing further weeds, or blown onto the pavements and roads as illegal litter. What would happen if residents did this with their front lawns I wonder.

The local bus service provides excellent drivers but the worst restricted timetable in Hastings. The council is good at something, oh yes, it collects £1,614 council tax for a band D property, towards the highest in the UK.

There is no delay fact there. It also charges at present £40 per annum for a garden waste disposal

brown bin, which is provided free for residents all over Rother District Council area and Eastbourne.

On May 7 an elderly lady reported dangerous pavement slabs outside her residence. The council sent someone immediately to erect safety barriers, reducing half of a very busy pavement used by groups of schoolchildren.

The council has visited twice to have a look, but four months later, no further action.

This lack of action is normal for all problems in this area.

ROY LEWIS

Ashford Way